Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kapre Sighting in the Philippines


About a week and a half ago, I was out with a friend enjoying a beverage. A tall man sitting nearby joined our conversation, which eventually turned towards bigfoot (as my conversations usually do). Giving him my card, I invited him to contact me with anything interesting he hears about the subject. I'm glad I did, as the following email from the man is quite interesting:

My wife is from a fairly remote part of the Philippines- Southern Leyte in the region known as the Visayas. Her town is in the province of Malalitbog. Her village is Timba.

Often the male members of the family go out fishing in Sugod Bay at night. One such night, Gemma was awakened around pre-dawn and thought that her father had gotten wet and had hung some dark pants on the porch area (note: their old thatch house is mostly open). When she asked her father about it in the morning he told her that the fishing was bad and that they had returned early. So they went outside where she thought she saw the dark pants and they found a very large footprint. Then some of the other villages came running up from the bay and said that they found another large footprint close to the shore.

She referred to the animal as the Kapre. Apparently there are a fair number of sightings. I'm not sure about the legend of them smoking, but who knows?

I had never heard of the kapre, as my specific interest lies in the North American sasquatch. However, I am a fan of all things bigfoot, so I looked it up. Apparently, the kapre is a 7 to 9 foot tall hairy, man-like "tree demon" that has much in common with our local bigfoots. There are also several common mythological aspects to the kapre that can be found in other cultures' view of various hairy bipedal hominoids, such as enchanting humans so they become lost, or wearing loincloths. Kapres are also reported to smoke cigars and have glowing red eyes.

An artist's rendition of the kapre.

The "tree demon" aspect caught my attention. It immediately brought to mind the legend of the splintercat, a hairy (possibly feline) monstrosity that leaps from tree to tree and screams in the night. Nearby one of my favorite bigfooting spots on the Roaring River is a small tributary called Splintercat Creek. I believe this is yet another geographical bigfoot reference. However, more on the splintercat in a later blog...



6 comments:

  1. Cliff, my wife had a sighting of such a creature on Cebu, in 1985. She is currently working with an artist, who has kindly offered to do a portrait of what she witnessed. I have also heard from other witnesses on Cebu and on Samar, and have contacts in various locales in the RP, that are keeping their ears open for any additional info. Always happy to share with other interested folks.

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  2. they are fallen angels...

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  3. This is so interesting. I'm a huge fan of Finding Bigfoot and have always been faschinated by the phenomena. It was only recently after some internet research that I discovered that the legend of the local Kapre is so similar in characteristic to North America's "bigfoot". I live in Luzon and there are several areas I've found on the net that have had some noted "kapre activity". The areas surrounding Mount Maria Makiling (Southern Luzon) and some rural areas of Bulacan Province (Northern Luzon) have reports of kapre sightings. If you check out other sites Cliff there are some interesting, albeit scarcely few, stories about kapre and how it could actually be a local Philippine Bigfoot.

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  4. Hopefully with technology getting better and areas being more explored they will finally get hard proof that is needed to quiet the non believers!!!

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  5. Many giants creature in the Philippines such as Agta, Ikugan (king-kong type), Buring Cantada, Gawi-gawen (six heads)Gisurab (schizo giant), and Bungisngis (ever smiling cyclops)

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  6. I live in the Philippines, in the Visayas and it is interesting to hear people misrepresent the Kapre, which is well known as a myth as opposed to anything real. In the story above, "remote" Leyte is posed as if that meant something like "not many people". The Philippines is one of the most densely populated places on earth and Leyte is about 2,500 people per square mile. If you are from the Pacific Northwest as I am it is actually one of the depressing things about the Philippines - you just can't get away from people, even in what is posed as the Philippine "Last Frontier" on Palawan. A "bigfoot researcher" looks bad enough posing a gigantic creature in the vast expanse of the Pacific Northwest USA, but if you do so in a place that has a thousand times the population density in an area smaller than the county I grew up in then you are going to look extremely foolish.

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